The Distinguished Officials of the Government of the Province of Ontario

Consul Generals, Distinguished Colleagues

Ladies and Gentlemen,


Allow me first of all to welcome you at the Premises of the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia. We gather here tonight to commemorate the 69th anniversary of the National Day of the Republic of Indonesia. On behalf of the people and the government of Indonesia, I would like to extend my deep and sincere appreciation for your presence here. It is indeed a great honor for me to have you all here, this evening.


In particular, I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the presence of Ms. Mary Sandstone, Chief of Protocol and External Relations of the Government of the Province of Ontario. I would also like to recognize the presence of Her Worship Hazel McCallion, Mayor of the City of Mississauga and His Worship Gordon Mckay, Mayor of the Town of Midland. Your presence here is indeed a great honor for me and for the people of Indonesia.


Furthermore, I would like to acknowledge receipt of the congratulatory messages from The Honorable Kathleen Wynne, Premier of the Province of Ontario as well as from His Worship Rob Ford, the Mayor of the City of Toronto, in conjunction with the celebration of the Indonesian National Day. On behalf of the government and the people of Indonesia, allow me to express my highest and sincere appreciation for the immensely warm and friendly messages.


Ladies and Gentlemen,


Since its declaration of independence on August 17th, 1945, Indonesia continues to undergo national developments, aiming to achieve its national objectives.  Along the way, we, Indonesians, are fully aware that in achieving those goals we would experience some hurdles and challenges.  However, Indonesians never stop fighting, and in fact, we always make every endeavor to survive and to strive in whatever circumstances. Today, the country is in the stage of transforming itself to be a better Indonesia.


As you might have known, in the months of April and July, 2014, Indonesia once again has successfully hold parliamentary and presidential elections respectively. With these successful elections, in the last 15 years, our government has been developing a transparent and accountable political process that could guarantee stability and continuity.


In the economic spheres, Indonesia has committed to accelerate and to expand its economic development, aiming to achieve a self- sufficient, advanced, just and prosperous Indonesia. Withal, I would like to highlight the current condition of the Indonesian Economy, as follows:


· The economic growth of 5.9 percent average in the last 5 years;

· Gross Domestic Product, as of 2013: approximately US$ 1,3 Billion (GDP/PPP)

· The middle class has continued to grow and will reach more than 50% of the population in the year 2020.

· Indonesia has completely serviced to IMF in 2006, 3.5 years faster than scheduled.

· The Indonesia’s debt service ratio is the lowest among the members of G-20.


Ladies and gentlemen,

While continuing to strive to become a prosperous nation, as a member of the international community, Indonesia will always bear in mind of its shared global responsibility. We oblige ourselves to participate and to contribute toward the establishment of a world order based on freedom, perpetual peace and social justice. To create global peace and prosperity, Indonesia will continue to develop and nurture cooperation and collaboration with other members of the international communities.


Ladies and Gentlemen,

Apart from building cooperation at the regional and global level, Indonesia will never neglect to nurture cooperation and collaboration at bilateral level. In this regard, the bilateral relationship between Indonesia and Canada has continued to develop and is only getting better and better by the years.


The two countries’ bilateral consultation has been held on a regular basis. The visits of the Indonesian Minister for Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Marty M. Natalegawa to Ottawa in August 2012, and again in August 2013, have certainly become the evidence of how strong the relationship between Indonesia and Canada is. This firm bilateral tie is only getting stronger when His Excellency John Baird, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Canada, visited Jakarta on August 4th-5th, 2014, attending the Indonesia-Canada Ministerial Bilateral Consultation.


In this regard, I have a very reasonable conviction that such relationship could be further enhanced and developed in the future.


Ladies and Gentlemen,

This very reception is undoubtedly a special occasion, aimed at nurturing friendship among us. Therefore, once again, it is an honor for me to be with you at this pivotal event. With such a joyful atmosphere, let share this happiness with one another while at the same time enhance and nurture our common understandings.


Tonight, we would like to share with you a taste of some Indonesian signature cuisines. It is my sincere wish that you will have a memorable evening and could enjoy our beloved cuisines which are specially made available for you.  Lastly, I truly hope that this event will lead to even closer relations among us in the future.


Ladies and Gentlemen,

I wish you every success, and enjoy the rest of the evening.